Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
November 12, 2014
Dan Loepp of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan

An Upbeat Outlook/Expo
Business trends are headed in the right direction for 2015 - that was a loud and clear message from the Chamber's Economic Outlook Breakfast on Tuesday at the Grand Traverse Resort, right before the sold-out Business Expo.

Learn more about what our expert speakers expect for the state and regional economy in 2015.


Mitchell Stapley of Clear Arc Capital
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CONNECT | Economic Development
Dollars for Clean Energy Ideas

Federal funds are available to help companies develop and deliver market-driven clean energy technologies through the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer programs. Funding is in advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, fuel cells, building construction, solar, vehicles and more.


The application process begins with a mandatory letter of intent applicants must file by December 15. The Department of Energy's website has more information, or contact U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow's Traverse City office at 929-1031.


Don't Miss the Last BAH of '14

Business After Hours is your opportunity to connect with hundreds of fellow Chamber members in a fun and relaxed setting. Join us at one of our favorite BAH venues - West Bay Beach a Holiday Inn Resort - next Wednesday, November 19, from 5 - 7 p.m. for the last gathering of 2014.


Business After Hours is sponsored by:





INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
An October Member Surge

October was a terrific membership month as more than two dozen area businesses joined or re-joined the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. See what businesses are part of the Chamber family, and support them with your patronage whenever possible.


Board Chair Mark Eckhoff and Bob Thomas

Outstanding Chamber Award Presented

Thanks to Bob Thomas of the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals for visiting the Chamber Economic Outlook Breakfast to present the MACP's Outstanding Chamber Award for 2014 to Chamber Board Chair Mark Eckhoff. Learn more...

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Labor, Visa Rules Review

The Chamber works hard to keep its members up-to-date on state and federal labor regulations that impact their operations. On Tuesday November 18, the Chamber welcomes federal labor investigator Randy Whitmire to present an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and information on the H-2B Non-immigrant Visa programs. Learn more about taking part in this free program.


Sleep Out Raises Nearly $19,000!
It was a cold night but another heart-warming outcome for the annual Sleep Out co-sponsored by the Chamber and the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency. Thanks to the Sleep Out participants and support from Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, the Sleep Out raised $18,976 to be used by the NMCAA to help families in Northern Michigan keep up on their winter heating bills. That's more than $40,000 raised by the Sleep Out in the past four years.

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November 18 - Labor Law Seminar;

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber Office
November 19 - Business After Hours; 5 - 7 p.m. at West Bay Beach a Holiday Inn Resort

November 25 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

December 23 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.


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